Smart lock lets you unlock your home with Apple Watch

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It’s all thanks to the August Smart Lock.
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If you’re forever losing your keys, why bother using them at all? Now you can unlock your doors using your Apple Watch, thanks to the August Smart Lock.

It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to get into your home, and you don’t even need your iPhone.

Apple Watch could finally get support for third-party faces

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Will Apple finally deliver one of our most-requested features for watchOS?
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A watchOS update could finally add support for third-party Apple Watch faces soon.

Apple Watch fans have been calling for third-party face support since the device made its debut three years ago. A note discovered in the latest watchOS code suggests developers may soon get permission to build the custom faces we badly crave.

Day of reckoning looms for old, slow Apple Watch apps

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Opening a watchOS 1 app on a device running that latest beta of watchOS 4.3.1 gets this warning.
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The latest watchOS beta warns that support will end soon for applications that haven’t been updated for years. This is part of an ongoing push by Apple to get all third-party apps that were written for the first-generation Software Development Kit updated to something more recent.

Unfortunately, this drive is instead causing some developers to drop their out-of-date Apple Watch apps.

Why Apple Watch apps are dying off in droves

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People would rather look at Instagram on a Mac than an Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch sells very well, but apparently not strongly enough for some companies. A deadline requiring developers to base their apps on newer versions of watchOS just passed, and some businesses choose to pull their software rather than update it.

Instagram garnered the most attention, but there are surely other examples. 

The watchOS improvements I want to see at WWDC [Mockups]

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How Apple could give watchOS a tune-up.
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In the three short years since Apple Watch debuted, Cupertino has massively improved its smartwatch. Remember the early days, when Glances took ages to load, only to show out-of-date information? When the Fitness app refused to stay in the foreground during a workout? Or when the side button launched a doodling app?

Since the launch, Apple has rolled out big upgrades to watchOS every year at its Worldwide Developers Conference. But there is still loads more that could be done to really unleash Apple Watch’s full potential.

With this year’s WWDC confirmed for June, here’s my wish list of the all the new watchOS stuff I’m hoping will be announced in San Jose, California. It’s a pretty long list, so I’ve broken it down into three separate posts, starting with usability. In followup posts, I’ll focus on fitness, apps and setup.

Spotify could finally come to Apple Watch at WWDC

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Spotify hired Andrew Chang, creator of a third-party Spotify app for watchOS, last April.
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Spotify will finally deliver its first Apple Watch app this year, according to a new report.

It could get an official reveal at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June alongside “StreamKit,” a new framework for watchOS 5 that will boost the cellular Apple Watch’s standalone capabilities.

WWDC 2018 returns to San Jose, runs June 4 to 8

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WWDC 2018 is coming to San Jose, California. Here's how to take your shot at getting tickets to the exclusive event.
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Apple will kick off its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4.

The week-long event, which will offer the first previews of Apple’s next big software updates, will again be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Developers can register for tickets starting today until 10 a.m. on March 22.

iOS 11.2.6 is out, alongside tvOS, watchOS and macOS updates

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The latest iOS update is an important one to download.
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Apple used Presidents Day to push out a batch of software updates for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS.

Of these, the most significant is iOS 11.2.6, which fixes a big that allowed a character in the Telugu language to crash certain apps, including Messages and other messaging apps.